METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SEPTEMBER 8, 1979 GAME:
June 3, 2001
This was the first baseball game I ever attended. My Dad took me while we were visiting family in Queens. I remember the Pirates tying the game in the 6th or 7th inning on a collision at the plate where Ron Hodges couldn't hold on to the ball. The game went 15 innings and we couldn't stick around until the end, but we heard the outcome later on the radio. Even though the Mets were not a good team in 1979, I was glad they won the first game I ever saw at Shea.
April 23, 2003
Wow. This was my first trip to Shea to see the Mets also. Actually caught a foul ball in the 11th. Doug Flynn hit it off of Grant Jackson. We stayed to the end (15th inning)I think John Stearns drove in the winning run. Also, I remember Richie Hebner striking out and giving the finger to the booing fans.
October 25, 2004
My brother Andrew and I sat through this entire game. He kept score.
I'll never forget Dock Ellis, proud and ancient,coming on in relief as the skies darkened, the pigeons wheeled, and paper debris flew all over the place. 15 innings! Incredible.
I could not understand how the Pirates, with all their lumber, could not muster two runs against Kevin Kobel and Ed Glynn or the other alleged pitchers.
It was good to see John Milner and Tim Foli again, though. I forgot about Hebner giving the fans the finger. By then he had emotionally packed his bags.